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16/05/2018

Peru is committed to restoring 3.2 million hectares of degraded forest land

According to the Minister of Agriculture, Peru has 73 million hectares of forests, which accounts for more than 56% of the national territory.

Women loading timber in the Peruvian Amazon

Gustavo Mostajo, Peruvian Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, inaugurated an event with the goal of restoring 3.2 million hectares of degraded land to stop deforestation, implement mixed agriculture, and develop forestry.

"So as not to further degrade the land or contribute to deforestation, we are proposing alternatives for cocoa and coffee crops in ecologically sustainable and profitable mixed activities, rather than subsistence agriculture," he said in his address to Latin American and Caribbean ministers. 

Peru has 73 million hectares of forest, which accounts for more than 56% of the national territory. "These areas contain timber products, non-timber products, resources for food security, the provision of medicines, economic income, and environmental services," the Minister stated.

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